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Visit Loch Lomond Newsletter Spring 2017

Spring Breaks at Loch Lomond
Win 2 Nights B&B at Rowardennan Hotel and a Speedboat Tour
Wild Camping in the National Park
The Boating Season Begins at Loch Lomond
RSPB Loch Lomond Nature Reserve
What's On This Spring
Loch Lomond & the Trossachs Shortlisted for National Park of the Year
Springfest Scottish Food & Drink Festival

Spring Breaks at Loch Lomond

Spring forward this season! On Sunday 26th March, British Summer Time begins and the clocks go forward an hour. As the days get longer and the nights get lighter, it’s the perfect time to take a short break by the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond!

Set in the heart of Scotland's first National Park, you can stay in a five-star luxury hotel, a self-catering lodge or a remote hideaway. Take a spring break, enjoy the Easter weekend and visit Loch Lomond Short Breaks.

Win 2 nights B&B at Rowardennan Hotel and a Speedboat Tour

Enter our Loch Lomond Spring Competition to win two nights B&B at the Rowardennan Hotel, located on the quieter eastern shore of Loch Lomond in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, an ideal location for those who love the tranquility and the outdoor life. In addition to this, we are also offering a speedboat trip on the loch courtesy of Loch Lomond Leisure who also operate a range of water sportsincluding wakeboarding, waterskiing and paddleboarding to name but a few.

Be in to win it – click here to enter to our spring competition.

Wild Camping in the National Park

New restrictions on wild camping have been introduced on Wednesday 1st March. Wild camping is now forbidden between March and September in new ‘Camping Management Zones’ which cover approximately 4% of the total National Park area, mainly alongside the shores of Loch Lomond and other lochs in the Park.

Camping within these zones will only be possible in campsites or with a camping permit which will allow you to have a wild camping experience in designated areas within the Camping Management Zones. The cost of permits will be £3 per tent or motorhome/campervan per night. More details on the byelaws and permits can be found here.

The Boating Season Begins at Loch Lomond

Springtime sees the return of watercraft and water activities on Loch Lomond.  Remember, it is a legal requirement that owners of all motorised craft on Loch Lomond register their craft with Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority and display the registration number on their craft.

A great alternative way to experience different locations around the loch is to take advantage of the Loch Lomond waterbus service. Linking west, east and south shore locations like Luss, Balmaha, Balloch, Tarbet, Inversnaid and Rowardennan - it's a fantastic way to explore Loch Lomond.

RSPB Loch Lomond Nature Reserve

Situated on the south shore of Loch Lomond, you’ll find a very special place - the RSPB Scotland reserve which also has an awe-inspiring view of Ben Lomond. The surrounding mountains add to the diversity of habitats, fauna, flora and species that can be found here. In spring, bluebells fill the woodland floor as the trees begin to fill with blossom and birdsong.

From Monday 3rd April, the new Nature Hub will be open 7 days, from 10am until 4pm, with a host of family activities and wildlife information on offer. Find out more about RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond here.

What's On This Spring

Discover what's on in and around the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park - get out and be active this springtime! .You will find a great mix of interesting events and activities to suit all ages and abilities. Join the KiltWalk from Glasgow to Loch Lomond or join the Ben Lomond Hill Race.

For the less active, there are pipe band championships, live musical entertainment, agriculture shows, farmers markets and food and drink festivals - it's all happening in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. See What’s on Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs Shortlisted for National Park of the Year

The Loch Lomond & the Trossachs has been shortlisted for the title of National Park of the Year 2017 on BBC's Countryfile magazine. It is the only Scottish National Park to be named among the five finalists for the title.

Now in their sixth year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017 are a celebration of the British countryside and its people, from great heritage attractions and our favourite holiday destinations to the best nature reserves and the finest rural pubs. The Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park has been chosen by Countryfile presenter John Craven alongside the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District, South Downs and Snowdonia.

The winners are decided by a public vote and will be announced mid-March.

Springfest Scottish Food & Drink Festival

The 2017 Springfest Food & Drink Festival is being held at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch on 1st and 2nd April. Springfest is one of the largest food & drink festivals in the country. Over 100 food & drink producers and suppliers will set up their stands on the stunning banks of Loch Lomond Shores offering tastings, demonstrations and excellent ideas on cooking up spring dishes with a range of high quality fresh foods and produce. Read more

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